Updated September 12, 2018

The remains of a Limestone County Alabama man who was among the 2,403 people killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 77 years ago have been identified, and his family is preparing to bring him home.

Water Tender 2nd Class Edgar D. Gross, of the Carriger community in Limestone County, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when the ship was struck by multiple Japanese torpedoes on December 7th, 1941.

Gross was one of 429 men killed on board the ship when it capsized, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Gross’ remains were officially identified Wednesday using mitochondrial DNA from family members, dental records, and other evidence, officials from the agency said in a news release.